Notes on the Birthing of a Field of Study

Peter Cleary Yeager, Boston University

This paper reviews the conditions surrounding the recent establishment of a new field of research investigation: ethics in science or, by another name, research misconduct. The impressive launching of this research into another form of what criminologists might refer to as 'elite deviance' invites comparisons with the 'stunted launching' of white collar crime studies by the federal government almost three decades ago. The paper compares some of the conditions underlying the development of support for research in both areas and, in marking the decline of federal support for white collar crime research, speculates on the future of research into research ethics and misconduct.

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